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Air Pollution and your health

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The most recent GBD analysis has continued to identify ambient air pollution as one of the most important risk factors contributing to death and disability. Fine particle air pollution is the largest environmental risk factor worldwide, responsible for a substantially larger number of attributable deaths than other more well-known behavioral risk factors such as alcohol use, physical inactivity, or high sodium intake.

Exposure to household air pollution from burning of solid fuels was responsible for 2.6 million deaths and 77 million DALYs (4.7 % and 3.2% of the global totals, respectively) in 2016, with the highest burdens in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Although representing 4.7% of all deaths globally, household air pollution exposure accounts for substantially greater percentages of the worldwide mortality due to ischemic heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, LRIs, and COPD (see right panel of Figure 10)

For more: read: https://www.stateofglobalair.org/sites/default/files/soga-2018-report.pdf

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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